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Rincon PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2015
BiFrost
Hiking15.23 Miles 4,743 AEG
Hiking15.23 Miles   10 Hrs   10 Mns   1.86 mph
4,743 ft AEG   1 Hour   58 Mns Break
 
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We were looking for some AEG with a cool peak summit so Rincon Peak was a good destination. Miller Canyon Trail in the lower section is rough and rocky as it switchbacks towards Happy Valley Saddle. About 1/3 mile below the saddle there was water in the canyon just off the trail which would be good source if camping at Happy Valley Saddle Campground. We took a break at the campground before heading for the summit. Steep climb of about 800 feet the last half mile to the summit but once on top it really is a worthy effort. Aside from Mt Wrightson the views on the summit are the best you will find of the Sky Island summits. We enjoyed a nice break on top but it was cut a little short by thunder storm that developed right over the summit. Some impressive close lightning convinced us to vacate the area quickly and headed back down. We passed by the campground again and took another short break. Just below Happy Valley Saddle we passed a group of backpackers headed for the campground. We chatted briefly as the thunderstorms were building again and they were trying to beat the rain. Unfortunately I think they were caught in the rain but luckily we were able to take refuge under some boulders to wait out the storm. We sat underneath the boulders for some 45 minutes watching the lightning flash and the crazy thunder cracks. Normally I would get off the mountain soon as possible but the boulders were a nice shelter and the closeness of the lightning convinced us to wait it out. As the thunder cracks became further away we ventured out to finish the hike and were fortunate to see some really nice waterfalls that filled once dry washes from the downpour. Finally reached the vehicle after an eventful ascent and enjoyed some tasty beverages :D
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